My parents chose the name, “Elizabeth Ann Payne.” I’ve been told they were considering “Diane,” until they sped up the pronunciation and came up with “Dyin’ Pain.”
Growing up, I was always been known as “Betty” or “Betty Ann.” I never really liked “Betty.” It sounds like something from the ’50s. Plain and housewifey.
So when I began writing, I became “Elizabeth” again and try to use it in all my professional activities. Can’t get away from the nickname with people who know me, though.
Somebody online loved the name “Betty,” however! Said it means a hottie — as in “She’s a Betty.” Must come from Betty Boop, I don’t know. And I have been known as “Boops” in one of my incarnations.
But jeez, just wait until I start publishing again under my pseudonyms:
Historical Romance – Elizabeth Parker
Contemporary Romance – Karen Parker
Mystery – E.A. Parker
Children’s/YA – Echo Howard
Magazine Articles – Elizabeth Parker
Romantica – Liz Howard
Hard to keep track of, huh? Sometimes, I feel like a split personality with all my many names. Maybe I should come up with one all-encompassing handle. But what would it be? How about “Hey You”?